Gilbert CastellanosEspérame en el CieloZ Note Records

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, December 14, 2022 – Following a 13-year hiatus from recording as

a band leader while experiencing near career-ending health trauma, Jazz Trumpeter Gilbert

Castellanos announced the December release of his new album, Espérame en el Cielo, just in

time for the holidays. Serving as a musical roadmap, documenting his personal, medical and

professional trials, Castellanos projects a steady line-up of emotive solos and his organically

ethereal translations of iconic jazz tunes.

Released by Z Note Media and featuring Christopher Hollyday on alto sax, Joshua White on

piano, Tyler Kreutel on drums and John Murray on bass, the quintet expresses an intimate

comprehension of Hard Bop kinship and Latin jazz flavor, embodying what Castellanos refers

to as a chemistry “deeply rooted in Blue Note DNA, with nods to my heritage.” As evidenced in

Castellanos’ elegant interpretation of the title track, Paquito Lopez Vidal’s haunting bolero,

met with his distinct elan as pronounced in the fiery rendition of Lee Morgan’s Totem Pole,

Espérame en el Cielo as an anthological homage draws from and thusly emits inspiration to

the essence of Latin-fused Jazz Greatness.

Gilbert Castellanos is a a nationally-renowned jazz musician, composer and educator, as well

as one of the country’s top-call jazz trumpeters. Noted for his distinct style as a leader,

Castellanos has also toured and/or recorded with some of jazz’s biggest names, including

Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Jeff

Goldblum and Michael Buble. Castellanos currently serves as the Artistic Director of San

Diego’s prestigious Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, from which album bassist and Essentially

Ellington’s Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist award winner John Murray hales.

Long-Awaited Follow-Up Album by San Diego’s “Jazz Godfather” is a Musical
Homage to a Lifetime Love Affair with Jazz


Espérame en el Cielo | Gilbert Castellanos

Producers: Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White

Executive Producer: Drew Ziegelbauer

Engineered, Mixed, Mastered: Chris Hobson

Recorded at: Rarefied Recording Studios, San Diego, CA

Record Label: Z Note Media

Cover Art: Jeff Motch

Photography: J Grant Brittain

All tracks performed by

Gilbert Castellanos            Trumpet

Joshua White                      Piano

Christopher Hollyday        Alto Sax

Tyler Kreutel                        Drums

John Murray                        Bass

Track List

  1. Balad As Sudan (6:41)

Original Artist: René Mclean

  1. Home Is Africa (5:27)

Original Artist: Ronnie Boykins

  1. Espérame En El Cielo (4:45)

Original Artist: Paquit O Lopez Vidal

  1. Will You Still Be Mine (4:05)

Original Artist: Matt Dennis

  1. Totem Pole (6:03)

Original Artist: Lee Morgan

  1. New Delhi (5:51)

Original Artist: Victor Feldman

  1. La Puerta (5:04)

Original Artist: Luis Demetrio

  1. Big P (3:55)

Original Artist: Jimmy Heath

Bonus. Espérame En El Cielo (4:28)

Original Artist: Paquit O Lopez Vidal